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The Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu online distance education course for yellow belt features tutorials by Wushu Shaolin Pioneers and Kung Fu leaders Patricia Kusaba, Matt Leiv, and Manuel Acevedo. This instructional DVD contains all of the movements necessary to learn the preliminary Shaolin Kung Fu Form known as Lian Huan Quan.

The disk also contains highlights of the 2012 UC Berkeley Wushu Tournament "CMAT 20", and a sneak peak of upcoming projects by Wushu Shaolin Entertainment. Students who complete the Yellow Belt level curriculum on this DVD may take the official Wushu Shaolin Examination online by visiting our website.

Thank you for working together to produce something revolutionary and share Wushu with the entire world. 

Sincerely,

Shifu Sal Redner 
Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu
Online Distance Education Course

 

 

Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu Yellow Belt is an invaluable reference manual that includes important Shaoln Kung Fu forms such as Ba Duan Jin, Lian Huan Quan, Lian Bu Quan ( Ling Po), Yin Shou Gun, Tan Tui, and Elementary Dao Shu. If you enjoyed the first volume of Wushu Shaolin you will definitely enjoy this one as well.

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This reference manual includes the five basic stances, Wushu stretch kicks, Wu Bu Quan, 12 Tan Tui, Chuji Gun Shu, and Shuai Jiao (Chinese Judo). The purpose of Wushu Shaolin is to unite modern Wushu and traditional Shaolin Kung Fu into a cohesive curriculum. This book is the collaborative effort of numerous Kung Fu teachers, schools, and organizations. The Wushu Shaolin curriculum incorporates tradational and modern standardized forms from the Shaolin Temple, Jing Wu organization, and the International Wushu Federation. It is our privilege to provide the martial arts community with the first volume of the most comprehensive Kung Fu encyclopedia published in America. 

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The Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu online distance education course for white belt features tutorials by two of the most prominent female Wushu and Kung Fu leaders in Los Angeles. The DVD contains instruction on the 5 basic martial arts stances, 4 basic Wushu stretch Kicks, and Wu Bu Quan also known as the Five Stance Form. 

The disk also contains footage from the latest 2012 examinations held at the Wushu Shaolin Headquarters, highlights of the 2012 Berkeley Wushu Tournament "CMAT 20", and a sneak peak of upcoming projects produced by Wushu Shaolin Productions. 

Cast: 
Michelle Lee , Lorna Umphrey , Patricia Kusaba

 

Wushu (simplified Chinese武术traditional Chinese武術) is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. It was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts, although attempts to structure the various decentralized martial arts traditions date back earlier, when the Central Guoshu Institute was established at Nanking in 1928. The term wushu is Chinese for "martial arts" (武 "Wu" = military or martial, 术 "Shu" = art). In contemporary times, wushu has become an international sport through the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), which holds the World Wushu Championships every two years; the first World Championships were held in 1991 in Beijing and won by Yuan Wen Qing.

Competitive wushu is composed of two disciplines: taolu (套路; forms) and sanda (散打; sparring).

Taolu involves martial art patterns and maneuvers for which competitors are judged and given points according to specific rules. Sanda (sometimes called sanshou or Lei tai) is a modern fighting method and sport influenced by traditional Chinese boxing, Chinese wrestling methods called Shuai jiao and other Chinese grappling techniques such as Chin Na. It has all the combat aspects of wushu. Sanda fighting competitions are often held alongside taolu or form competitions. 

In 1958, the government established the All-China Wushu Association as an umbrella organization to regulate martial arts training. The Chinese State Commission for Physical Culture and Sports took the lead in creating standardized forms for most of the major arts. During this period, a national Wushu system that included standard forms, teaching curriculum, and instructor grading was established. Wushu was introduced at both the high school and university level. Stylistic concepts such as hard, soft, internal, external, as well as classifications based on schools such as Shaolin, Taiji, Wudang and others were all integrated into one system. 

 

Wushu Styles

Changquan (長拳 or Long Fist) refers to long-range extended wushu styles like Chaquan (查拳), Huaquan (華拳), Hongquan (洪拳; "flood fist"), and Shaolinquan (少林拳), but this wushu form is a modernized style derived from movements of these and other traditional styles. Changquan is the most widely seen of the wushu forms, and includes speed, power, accuracy, and flexibility. Changquan is difficult to perform, requiring great flexibility and athleticism, and is often practiced from a young age. 

Nanquan (南拳 or Southern Fist) refers to wushu styles originating in south China (i.e., south of the Yangtze River, including Hongjiaquan (Hung Gar) (洪家拳), Cailifoquan (Choy Li Fut) (蔡李佛拳), and Yongchunquan (Wing Chun) (詠春拳). Many are known for vigorous, athletic movements with very stable, low stances and intricate hand movements. This wushu form is a modern style derived from movements of these and other traditional southern styles. Nanquan typically requires less flexibility and has fewer acrobatics than Changquan, but it also requires greater leg stability and power generation through leg and hip coordination.

Taijiquan (太極拳, T'ai chi ch'uan) is a wushu style famous for slow, relaxed movements, often seen as an exercise method for the elderly, and sometimes known as "T'ai chi" in Western countries to those otherwise unfamiliar with wushu. This wushu form is a modern recompilation based on the Yang (楊) style of Taijiquan, but also including movements of the Chen (陳), Wu (吳), Wu (武), and Sun (孫) styles. Competitive contemporary taiji is distinct from those traditional styles it draws from, in that it typically involves difficult holds, balances, jumps and jump kicks. Modern competitive tai ji requires good balance, flexibility and strength.

 

Chángquán (simplified Chinese长拳traditional Chinese長拳pinyinZhǎngquán; literally: "Long Fist") refers to a family of external (as opposed to internalmartial arts styles from northern China.

The forms of the Long Fist style emphasize fully extended kicks and striking techniques, and by appearance would be considered a long-range fighting system. In some Long Fist styles the motto is that "the best defense is a strong offense," in which case the practitioner launches a preemptive attack so aggressive that the opponent doesn't have the opportunity to attack. Others emphasize defense over offense, noting that nearly all techniques in Long Fist forms are counters to attacks. Long Fist uses large, extended, circular movements to improve overall body mobility in the muscles, tendons, and joints. Advanced Long Fist techniques include qin na joint-locking techniques and shuai jiao throws and takedowns.

The Long Fist style is considered to contain a good balance of hand and foot techniques, but in particular it is renowned for its impressive acrobatic kicks. In demonstration events, Long Fist techniques are most popular and memorable for their whirling, running, leaping, and acrobatics. Contemporary changquan moves are difficult to perform, requiring great flexibility and athleticism comparable to that of gymnastics.

Long Fist's arsenal of kicks covers everything from a basic front toe-kick to a jumping back-kick, from a low sweep to a tornado-kick. Specifically, typical moves in modern Changquan include: xuanfengjiao (旋风脚; "whirlwind kick")xuanzi (旋子; "butterfly jump")cekongfan (侧空翻; "side somersault"), and tengkongfeijiao (腾空飞脚; "flying jump kick").

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Chang Quan Wushu 武术长拳

The core of Changquan / Long Fist was developed in the 10th century by Zhao Kuangyin, founding Emperor of the Song Dynasty (960–1279). His style was called Tàizǔ Chángquán, which means "the Long Fist style of Emperor Taizu." In semi-legendary "classic" writings transmitted by Taijiquan's Yang family, their martial art is referred to by the name Chángquán in one of the received texts. These texts can only be reliably dated to the second half of the 19th century. The Long Fist of contemporary wǔshù draws on Chāquán, "flower fist" HuāquánPào Chuí, and "red fist" (Hóngquán).

Widely perceived to have a strong Shaolin influence, traditional Long Fist was promoted at the Nanjing Guoshu Institute by Han Qing-Tang (韓慶堂), a famous Long Fist and qin na expert. After the defeat ofChiang Kai-Shek and subsequent closing of the institute, the new People's Republic of China created contemporary wushu, a popular artistic sport inspired largely by traditional Long Fist. However, this new evolution of changquan differed from the old style in that it was exhibition-focused. Higher, more elaborate jump kicks and lower stances were adopted, in order to create more aesthetically pleasing forms. Applications were then reserved for the sport of sanshou, which was kept somewhat separate from the taolu (forms).

 

The forms of the Long Fist style emphasize fully extended kicks and striking techniques, and by appearance would be considered a long-range fighting system. In some Long Fist styles the motto is that "the best defense is a strong offense," in which case the practitioner launches a preemptive attack so aggressive that the opponent doesn't have the opportunity to attack. Others emphasize defense over offense, noting that nearly all techniques in Long Fist forms are counters to attacks. Long Fist uses large, extended, circular movements to improve overall body mobility in the muscles, tendons, and joints. Advanced Long Fist techniques include qin na  Joint-locking techniques and shuai jiao throws and takedowns.

The Long Fist style is considered to contain a good balance of hand and foot techniques, but in particular it is renowned for its impressive acrobatic kicks. In demonstration events, Long Fist techniques are most popular and memorable for their whirling, running, leaping, and acrobatics. Contemporary changquan moves are difficult to perform, requiring great flexibility and athleticism comparable to that of gymnastics.

Long Fist's arsenal of kicks covers everything from a basic front toe-kick to a jumping back-kick, from a low sweep to a tornado-kick. Specifically, typical moves in modern Changquan include: xuanfengjiao (旋风脚; "whirlwind kick")xuanzi (旋子; "butterfly jump")cekongfan (侧空翻; "side somersault"), and tengkongfeijiao (腾空飞脚; "flying jump kick").

 

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May222012

Chang Quan Routines

The Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu curriculum is an extensive survey of both modern and traditional styles of Kung Fu aslo referred to as Wushu.  Modern Wushu Chang Quan or "Long Fist" is divided into 4 primary levels which include Chu ji Chang Quan 初级长拳Zhong ji Chang Quan 中级长拳Gao ji Chang Quan 高级长拳, and Guo Ji Chang Quan 国际长拳. Please see the videos below with all of the routines in action. 

 1. Chu ji Chang Quan 初级长拳

 2. Zhong ji Chang Quan 中级长拳

3. Gao ji Chang Quan 高级长拳

4. Guo Ji Chang Quan 国际长拳

5. Guoji Chang Quan 2

 

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May222012

About Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu 

 

 

 

Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu is among the leading Chinese Martial Arts schools in southern California. The curriculum includes many styles of martial arts, with a comprehensive emphasis in Wushu and traditional Shaolin Kung Fu.  The facility is equipped with professional Martial Arts equipment capable of turning dedicated practitioners into season champions. Many of the students have exceled in national tournaments, winning Grand Champion titles.

Shifu Sal Redner and a group of avid enthusiasts from San Pedro, California, established Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu during the turn of the century.  Initially, the group practiced at the San Pedro Korean Bell and a local community center called Toberman Settlement Home.  After many years, Shifu Sal Redner and Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu assisted countless youth, free of charge.  Since then, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide network of practitioners that foster peace, education, and camaraderie.